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Mission type Earth observation
Operator ISRO
COSPAR ID 2010-035A
SATCAT no. 36795
Website Cartosat-2B webpage
Mission duration Planned: 5 years
Elapsed: 8 years, 2 months, 6 days
Spacecraft properties
Bus IRS-2[1]
Manufacturer ISRO
Launch mass 694 kg (1,530 lb)[2][3]
Dry mass 630 kg (1,389 lb)[3]
Power 930 watts[2][3]
Start of mission
Launch date 12 July 2010, 03:52 (2010-07-12UTC03:52) UTC[4]
Rocket PSLV-CA C15[5]
Launch site Satish Dhawan FLP[5]
Contractor ISRO
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Eccentricity 0.0015334
Perigee 623 km (387 mi)
Apogee 644 km (400 mi)
Inclination 97.9233°
Period 94.72 minutes
Epoch 19 June 2017, 10:27:17 UTC[6]
Cartosat series

CARTOSAT 2B is an Earth observation satellite in a sun-synchronous orbit and the fourth of the Cartosat series of satellites. The satellite is the seventeenth satellite in the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellite series to be built by the Indian Space Research Organisation.[7] It was launched along with the 116 kg Algerian satellite, one nano satellite each from Canada and Switzerland, and StudSat, a pico satellite, on 12 July 2010 in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from the spaceport at Sriharikota.[8]

The satellite carries a panchromatic (PAN) camera capable of taking black-and-white pictures in the visible region of electromagnetic spectrum. The highly agile CARTOSAT-2B can be steered up to 26 degrees along as well as across the direction of its movement to facilitate imaging of any area more frequently.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Cartosat 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Cartosat-2B". Indian Space Research Agency. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Satellite: CartoSat-2B". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cartosat 2B - Trajectory Details". National Space Science Data Center. NASA. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "PSLV-C15/Cartosat-2B Mission Brochure" (PDF). Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "CARTOSAT 2B - Orbit". Heavens-Above. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
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  8. ^ "ISRO to launch more satellites this year". The Times Of India. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.